Freedom vs. Equality

Enemy, the State

was the title of
libertarian Albert Jay Nock`s classic that was once
widely read by conservatives.

Nock was not an anarchist but a
Jeffersonian. Government was necessary, but in its
centralization lay the roots of tyranny.

And in 21st century America, Leviathan
is indeed rising—and, oddly, being welcomed by people
who talk incessantly of freedom.

Consider the front-page story in The
New York Times
of Nov. 8, "House
Backs Broad Protection for Gay Workers.

It began thus: "The House on
Wednesday approved a bill granting broad protections
against discrimination in the workplace for gay men,
lesbians and bisexuals, a measure that supporters
praised as the most important

civil rights legislation
since the

Americans With Disabilities Act
of 1990. …

"The bill, the

Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
is the latest
version of legislation that Democrats have pursued since
1974. Representatives

Ed Koch

Bella Abzug
of New York then sought to protect gay
men and lesbians with a measure they introduced on the
fifth anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the brawl
between gay men and police at a bar in Greenwich Village
that is widely viewed as the start of the American gay
rights movement."

Our Revolution had

Concord Bridge
. The French Revolution had the

fall of the Bastille
. The civil rights movement had

Selma Bridge.
The gay rights movement has—a

bar fight in Greenwich Village.

What would the new law do? Make it a

federal crime
for an employer "to fail or refuse
to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise
discriminate against any individual with respect to the
compensation terms, conditions or privileges of
employment of the individual, because of such
individual`s actual or perceived sexual orientation."

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the
measure "historic" and "momentous."

"It`s wonderful,"
burbled Koch. Florida Rep. Kathy Castro exulted, "On
this proud day, the Congress will act to ensure that all
Americans are granted equal rights in the workplace."


Joe Solomese,
president of the

Human Rights Campaign,
the largest gay rights group
in the country, "Today`s vote in the House sends a
powerful message about equality to the country, and it
is a significant step forward for our community."

The bill will also do something
else—further restrict individual freedom and further
criminalize personal conduct. It would tell an employer:
You may not want to hire homosexuals, but you are no
longer free not to. For if you fail or refuse to hire or
promote a homosexual, we will punish you, fine you, shut
you down, break you.

Through Congress, the gay rights
activists are seeking to use law to impose their values
on society.

A fair headline you will not see in the
Times might read, "House Tells Employers:
Hire Homosexuals—or Else!"

In this bill, we see the triumph of the
counterculture of the 1960s in making its moral values
the basis of law, even as Christians once shaped society
when America was a Christian country. In pre-secular

homosexual sodomy was a crime
, not a "lifestyle."
The "lifestyle" view is now being enshrined in
federal law.

In this homosexual rights law, and the
way it is being hailed as progress, as Republicans
grumble, we see clearly that the revolution of the `60s

overthrown the old moral and social order
and begun
to dictate how we must all behave in their new order.
Those who think the Right won the Culture War should
think again.

Men are no longer free to hire or sell
their homes to whomever they wish, or to associate with
whomever they wish.

In the 1950s, there were men`s clubs and
women`s clubs, WASP country clubs and law firms and
Jewish country clubs and law firms. Black folks had
their own


barber shops

movie theaters


We were a free country then. Did people
use their freedom to discriminate? Undeniably. Did race
discrimination need correcting? Undeniably. But in
enlisting state power to end discrimination, we
harnessed Leviathan. The Left is now using the monster
to reshape America. Thus is freedom, the cause of the
American Revolution, supplanted by equality, the cause
of the French Revolution.

The U.S. Constitution guaranteed freedom
by restricting the power of government, the source of
tyranny: "Congress shall make no law …" Civil
rights laws restrict freedom. Men are told they will
face disgrace, fines, ruin if they act on their beliefs
in deciding whom they will hire, whom they will serve in
a bar or restaurant, or to whom they wish to sell or
rent their homes.

If a man is free to hold beliefs we
detest, and speak and write in ways we detest, why is he
not free to live according to his beliefs—if we believe
in freedom? Hopefully, we are becoming a better society,
for we are surely becoming a less free society.



Patrick J. Buchanan

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